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Across the Street

Georges Simenon

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ISBN 10: 0151032661 / ISBN 13: 9780151032662
Published by U.S.A.: Harcourt, 1992
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New. First edition. first printing, 'a' line. Trans from French org pub 1945. 188p. Bookseller Inventory # 01095

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Title: Across the Street

Publisher: U.S.A.: Harcourt

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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A woman nearing middle age suffers from loneliness as she lives vicariously through the lives of her neighbors. By the author of Donadieu's Will.

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First published in French in 1945, the late Simenon's small gem of a novel is the claustrophobic tale of a solitary, unbalanced Parisian woman who lives vicariously through her neighbors, on whom she spies obsessively. Dominique watches through the shutters as one sick neighbor dies just after his wife is late in giving him medicine. Dominique weaves fantasies around the widow, her domineering mother-in-law and her secret mulatto lover, sending her anonymous notes that read, "You killed your husband." Dominique's other obsession is her tenants, a young couple whose lovemaking she observes through a keyhole. These newlyweds occupy the room where Dominique had tended to her invalid, hard-drinking father, a retired general who died seven years earlier. Simenon posits Dominique's existence as a paradigm of the life unlived: "a brief, unconscious childhood, a short adolescence, then emptiness, tangles of troubles . . . and then, so soon, at forty, the feeling of being old. . . ." He invests Dominique with an unshakable dignity even as he probes her existential failure as one for whom the past and her fantasy life count at least as much as the present.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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